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Darwin, the groups mascot guards all the rubbish collected. Photo – Marika Ley

The best friends

Next time you sit under a shady tree or enjoy a nice scenic walk along a river track, take a moment to think who...
The students march and play their instruments down the Main St of Ballan. Elsa from Cartier World Travel (Ballan) organised the tour to perform in Ballan Photos – Helen Tatchell

Warriors march on Ballan

By Jessica Howard A marching band all the way from California has graced the main street of Ballan. The Mission San Jose High School Band marched...
WestWind Commercial Operations Manager, Marla Brauer looks over the plans with Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard. Photo – Damien Wieland

Minister blows wind, not smoke

By Kate Taylor It came with the headline ‘new jobs breeze into the Ballarat region with wind farm approval’ – but the media release on West Wind Energy’s...
Ken McDonald with one of the erected plaques in the Coimadai Avenue of Honour. Photo – Jessica Howard

Final touches to Avenue

By Jessica Howard The installation of 129 name plaques has begun at the Coimadai Avenue of Honour, marking the near end of the WWI memorial. Coimadai...
Ballan’s OIC Sgt Michael Kearnes is urging residents to have the screws in their vehicle number plates changed on Saturday 25 March in Ballan. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Get screwed

By Jessica Howard As number plate theft in the region continues to rise, local police are urging the community to lock down their plates with...
Reserve Chairperson Bill Smith and BFNC member Joanne Raffaele, show the cracks in the court that a $2 coin can fit in. Photo - Helen Tatchell

Reserve – not what it’s cracked up to be

By Helen Tatchell Cracks are appearing at the Ballan Recreation Reserve sporting facility, literally. The multi-use netball court was nearly deemed unusable after large long and...
Lucy Irwin from Ballan with daughter Clara, inspect the new chickens hatched at the Lerderderg Library. Photo – Jessica Howard

Life cycle explored

By Jessica Howard Eggs are hatching throughout Moorabool Shire - not only on the farm, but also in the library! A live hatching was held at...
The former Lerderderg Children’s Centre in Darley Photo – Jessica Howard

Out with the old

By Kate Taylor Quotes are being sought for the purchase and removal of buildings and other infrastructure at the old Lerderderg Children’s Centre site. Councillors voted...
The Lerderderg River has cut a 300 metre deep gorge through sandstone and slate, almost bisecting the park. Photo - Helen Tatchell

Near death at gorge

By Jessica Howard A Bacchus Marsh man is lucky to be alive after jumping feet first into a river at the Lerderderg Gorge and becoming...
The Bennett Street bus stop earmarked for a commuter shelter with a pedestrian safety crossing on the drawing board.

Pedestrian safety forthcoming

By Kate Taylor The safety of pedestrians on a busy Bacchus Marsh street is set to improve in the New Year – but without the knowledge...